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Publish Data at UC San Diego Library

How to Submit Research Data for Publication
  1. Request a Zoom meeting with Research Data Curation Program (RDCP) staff, to inform us of your data needs and to discuss how best to prepare your dataset for publication in the Library's repository.
  2. Submit the Library's Deposit Terms of Agreement form.
  3. Request a dataset DOI to include in your manuscript, if you need one before the data are published.
  4. Transfer your data files to the Library. There are multiple ways to do this, but RDL-share is the most frequently recommended tool.
  5. Submit metadata (i.e., information about your data) to the Library via a template we will provide after our consultation. Typically, this will be either a Google Form or shared Google Sheet.
  6. The curation staff will review your submission, email you with questions or requests for missing material, and then create a test instance for you to review.
  7. After your approval, the dataset will be released in the UC San Diego Library Digital Collections and a notification sent to you.

Learn about the Library's Digital Content Policies for:


Examples of Using the Repository to Share and Preserve Data

Meet publisher or funder recommendations to make your dataset publicly available

Sampling data of bees and plants in San Diego County support an article published in PLOS ONE.

Sampling Data of Bees and Plants

Publish the datasets from your center, project, or lab all in one collection

CAICE shares data from its published studies as they become available. Each dataset can be cited independently of the overall collection.


Showcase student research projects from your course and make them available to future cohorts.

DSE MAS Capstone Projects contain input data, output data, code and final reports from student data science projects. Students can cite their work in their portfolios and course instructors can use them for teaching.

DSE MAS Capstone Projects

Add new data to your growing data collection

A snapshot of the biogeochemical sensor data from ~200 floats in the Southern Ocean is archived several times a year in the SOCCOM Float Data Archive, with each snapshot receiving a new DOI.

SOCCOM Float Data Archive

Archive a database or repository from previously funded projects, so they continue to be discoverable and accessible beyond the funding cycle

A large portion of the cruise data and documents from SIO research expeditions between 1953 and 2005, managed by the Geological Data Center, have been archived at the Library.

SIO research expeditions 1953 - 2005

Showcase your 3D data

3D reconstructions of excavated buildings in the Neolithic settlement, Çatalhöyük, Turkey, are available for download in several formats, including the open format, X3D, as well as those needed to recreate objects in the game engine Unity 3D.

3D reconstructions

Display your streaming video data

An augmented reality piece created and performed by a graduate student in Music can be viewed in browser.

augmented reality piece

Publish datasets others can use for text analysis or machine learning

The text from most of the local tax measures presented to voters in California from 1986 to 2012 have been compiled into a dataset that can be downloaded for processing and analysis.

CA Tax Measures 1986-2012